It’s true what they say: Breakfast really is ~*~most important meal~*~ of the day. However, for some people breakfast is the most challenging of meals. Between trying to get in your early morning workout, to checking emails, to getting your kids ready for the day, this early morning meal is sadly usually the first thing to fall by the wayside. Finding the time to eat a healthy bowl of goodness sometimes seems impossible… until now! These steel-cut oats are bound to keep you healthy, happy and productive and only require a one time preparation of 35 minutes to last the whole week! If you didn’t believe in miracles, you will now 🙂
What is a good breakfast without some fresh hot authentic Italian coffee???… Who’s with me?
Lavazza Coffee offers an extensive range of ground coffee – perfect for all kinds of coffee maker, including french press, espresso, decaffeinated, all of which encompasses a range of coffee flavours and intensities. Overall there passion for coffee, is in the culture and processing.
Every year Lavazza selects the best coffees from plantations all over the world in order to create there specialised blends – and I congratulate them on 120 years of dedication, creation, innovation and growth, while remaining committed to social responsibility.
Ok now that we’re all poured up, I’m ready to begin 🙂
First and foremost, I’d like to educate those “instant oatmeal package peeps” on the difference between quick, rolled and steel cut oat nutrition and nutritional values.
Steel-cut oats are less processed than rolled or quick oats and they have a low glycemic index, so they’re guaranteed to fill you up! Plus, their versatility means breakfast is never boring. You can mix in some cinnamon or top your bowl with fruit and a drizzle of nut butter. The possibilities are endlessly delicious! (That’s why making a big batch ahead of time to either re-heat with some milk at home or pack up in mason jars and grab on the go truly can be a life saver!) Steel cut oats honestly do re-heat beauuutifully! Making them guaranteed to always be creamy and delish! I suggest doubling this recipe if you would like it to last the entire week!
I recommend choosing steel cut oats over rolled oats because they digest more slowly than rolled ones. Like all other grains in whole or cracked form, steel cut oats rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats. The reason is that it takes longer for digestive enzymes to reach the starch inside the thicker pieces, slowing down its conversion to sugar.
Toasting the oats in some coconut oil for a few minutes before cooking them really enhances the flavours and brings out a more “nutty” flavour in the end. I highly suggest not skipping this step!
Aaaahhhh Dutchman’s Gold Raw Honey! 100% Pure. Natural. Non-pasteurized, Kosher, Premium Canadian Honey.
Offering serveral varieties from various floral sources. They are family owned and operated, founded in 1981 by the Van Alten. Starting a sweet tradition with 300 hives, they have now grown to now tend 1,500 hives and some 80 million honey bees! Being a Canadian business they strive for excellence in being your local source for pure honey, maple syrup, and beeswax products supplying the greater Ontario regions.
For all my vegan’s an easy substitute to naturally sweeten this recipe simply substitute the raw honey with pure maple syrup!
After your water & milk have simmered and your toasted steel-cut oats have been fully cooked, you have the option of adding a tablespoon of natural sweetener such as honey or maple syrup along with true ceylon or regular ground cinnamon. And VOILA! you have the creamiest coziest batch of OATS OATS OATS!!!
Hmmm… now what to top it with it you may ask? Let me make a few suggestions!
Here are some of my favorite toppings for steel-cut oats:
- Sunbutter Sunflower seed butter (because I have a nut allergy) however nutty lovers feel free to add a whooping tablespoon of Peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter!
- My Homemade refined sugar free Chia jam or your favorite jelly/jam
- Applesauce, preferably organic, or grated fresh apple
- Yogurt, my favourite Sheperds Gourmet Dairy Icelandic Probiotic
- Sliced bananas, apples, strawberries, pears, mangos…
- Fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or pomegranate arils
- Dried fruit, like dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, raisins, mulberries, chopped dates or apricots…
- Chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, almonds…
- Pepitas or sunflower seeds
- Flaxseed or chia seeds
- Toasted or raw shredded coconut
- Dark chocolate, either chopped or mini chocolate chips
The possibilities are endless!!! and there really are no right or wrong so go ahead and throw in whatever you feel like or feel you need an extra boost of that day.
For anyone making this recipe more as an “on-the-go”/mason jar breakfast and needing some light-weight organic utensils I thought I would make a quick recommendation! These 100% Natural, Biodegradable, Disposable, Chemical and Glaze free wooden spoons can be purchased at most Whole Foods and amazon online! They are a great way to save on dishes, and of course the environment as well.
What would a warm bowl of steel-cut oats be without a big dollop of runny nut butter slathered on top???
Thank you again and again to Sunbutter for becoming my delicious alternative to Peanut Butter. Honestly guys if you haven’t already please try this amazing sunflower seed spread! – Nut allergy or not! It is perfect and safe to pack in your kids sandwiches for school and can be easily added to any baking recipes too. With 7 grams of protein per serving, SunButter has as much protein as the leading peanut butter, and it’s top 8 food allergen free.
Recipe as written below yields 4 modest servings (about 3 cups total, or 3/4 cup cooked oats per serving!)
Enjoy and happy Tuesday!
(gluten-free) (dairy-free) (vegan) *substitute honey with pure maple syrup